"The question is asked us by the citizens every day. What shall we do? Must we fight at home? These questions are not asked by Democrats alone, but many who have heretofore acted with the Republicans, and who voted for Mr. Lincoln. Our reply to all such, is, if you want to maintain your Government, Washington says in peace prepare for war. He is good authority. And if you turn to the constitution of the U. S. Art. 2. of Amendments. You find these words "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringod."--I take it from this that it is Constitutional for Gov. Tod to distribute all the arms among the people, that belong to the people, & that can be spared to tho people. The Government and the arms both belong to the people. As a matter of course if you buy your own arms, you have a clear constitution right to do so, and bear them, being responsible for the use you make of them...."
- The McArthur Democrat, "No North, No South, Under The Constitution, But A Sacred Maintenance Of That Instrument and The Union." M'Arthur, Vinton County, Ohio, March 12, 1863. Vol. 11. No. 30. Pg. 2